German court lifts city’s ban on the burkini after Syrian asylum seeker complained it prevented her from swimming
- Wearing the burkini in municipal pools in western city of Koblenz was banned
- However, a court has now ruled that the ban against the garment should be lifted
- Rules were challenged by Syrian asylum-seeker who wanted to be able to swim
A German court has lifted a city’s ban on the burkini, after ruling that it violated the constitution.
Wearing the garments in municipal pools in the western city of Koblenz was forbidden at the beginning of this year after the local council narrowly approved a ban.
Officials argued that the suite makes it impossible to check whether wearers have open wounds or diseases.
German court lifted the burkini ban introduced earlier this year in the western city of Koblenz
The rules were challenged by a Syrian asylum-seeker, a pious Muslim who said doctors had recommended that she use a swimming pool to tackle pain caused by a back problem.
The burkini is an all-encompassing swimsuit used by some Muslim women for modesty reasons.
Rhineland-Palatinate state’s top administrative court said Friday it has issued an injunction lifting the burkini ban pending fuller consideration of the case.
It found the rules violated the German constitution’s call for people to be treated equally.